Ive just kept on surprising myself

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Ive just kept on surprising myself

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NEW YORK -- Andrew Wiggins walked proudly across the stage to take his spot as the NBAs No. Nike Free 5.0 Rea . 1 overall draft pick, the culmination of a path hes been pointed down for years. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected the 19-year-old sensation from Vaughan, Ont., making Wiggins the second consecutive Canadian theyve taken with the top pick. The Cavs selected Anthony Bennett -- Wiggins longtime teammate growing up -- in the No. 1 spot last year. Wiggins said the ripple effect in Canada will be "huge," and hes proud of that fact. "It opens doors for all the youth in Canada, it gives them hope," Wiggins said. "Coming up when I was in Canada, I wasnt ranked, I wasnt known. I didnt really have any offers or anything like that. I just kept my head straight, kept working on my game, and look where I am today. "I just think it gives everyone in Canada hope that they can do the same thing and accomplish whatever I do. Because its possible if they work hard." Wiggins was the star on an historic night for Canadian basketball. Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., went eighth to the Sacramento Kings, and Tyler Ennis of Brampton, Ont., was selected 18th by the Phoenix Suns. Dwight Powell of Toronto was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets 45th overall, but was reportedly traded, along with veteran centre Brendan Haywood, to the Cavaliers for swingman Alonzo Gee. No more than three Canadians had ever been drafted in the same year. No country other than the U.S. had ever had back-to-back No. 1 picks. Wiggins had been intensely focused on the top spot, chalking it up to his competitive nature. So confident was he on Thursday night at Barclays Center, he chose a killer suit jacket that screamed No. 1 -- a black Waraire Boswell jacket with a white floral print. He finished it off with a black bow tie and oversized black glasses. "We just wanted to do something different, really stand out, try to win it on both ends, the stylish points and to come No. 1," Wiggins said of the suit that was specially designed for him. In a draft that has been maybe the mostly highly anticipated in a decade, Wiggins has long been touted as the top pick. The six-foot-eight guard has been called possibly the biggest star since LeBron James. Hes been in the spotlight for years -- a YouTube video of him dunking with ease as a 13-year-old has almost five million views. "A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now," Wiggins said. "Its a dream come true. ... "Going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk. And now I accomplished that, so its just a crazy feeling right now. I dont even know how I feel. It doesnt even feel real right now." When his name was called, Wiggins slipped on a maroon Cleveland hat, hugged his dad Mitchell and mom Marita, and then strode on stage to shake hands with commissioner Adam Silver, who was calling the first round for the first time since replacing David Stern. Wiggins makes it three Canadians playing in Cleveland -- the Cavs took forward Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont., fourth overall in the 2011. "I played with Tristan for a summer of AAU, and I played with Anthony for a while on the AAU circuit and on the national level too, so Im just excited," Wiggins said. "The chemistry is already there with those guys because I played with them already. I think big things are to come." The six-foot-eight guard is genetically-gifted -- hes the son of an NBA player and Olympic sprinter. He called Thursday night a "huge moment" for his family, including his brothers Nick, who played college basketball at Wichita State, and Mitchell Jr., who plays at Southeastern University. "Especially because my parents were pro athletes before, now they can kind of live the dream again through me, and just watch their youngest son do something special with his life, and play at the highest level of basketball," Wiggins said. "We cherish moments like this. Its great, great for us." The Cavaliers are hoping to bring James back to Cleveland, and if that happened, a new teammate would be glad to welcome him. "I want to win," Wiggins said. "If he wants to win, wed be good together." Milwaukee selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 pick, while Wiggins Kansas teammate Joel Embiid -- a big question mark going into the draft after he underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot -- went third to Philadelphia. "He worked so hard," Wiggins said. "He didnt let nothing get to him. He always stayed motivated. So Im just proud. Its a proud moment for Kansas." Arizona forward Aaron Gordon went fourth to Orlando, followed by Australian guard Dante Exum to Utah. The Toronto Raptors selected Bruno Caboclo with their No. 20 pick. The Kings, meanwhile, looked to fill their shooting void by taking perhaps the best marksman available in the draft in Stauskas, a Michigan product whos a bit of a YouTube sensation himself -- his videos of throwing up three-pointers have hundreds of thousands of views. "This is a huge honour for me," Stauskas said. "This is something Ive been working towards since I was seven years old. The face that Im sitting here in front of all you guys now is just. . . I cant put this into words." The six-foot-six Stauskas celebrated with an orchestrated handshake with his dad Paul -- the two slapped hands and then threw up three-point matching goggles, Stauskass trademark gesture whenever he drained a three at Michigan. "A planned handshake that we thought of last night," Stauskas said. "I always just throw up the three goggles. So I thought it was only appropriate I did it here. . . It was a little pressure, but he got it right. So Im happy." Three Canadians had been drafted in the same year twice before -- it happened in 1983 (Leo Rautins, Stewart Granger, and Ron Crevier) and again in 2012 (Andrew Nicholson, Kris Joseph, and Robert Sacre). "I think this is a big year," said Ennis, a 19-year-old Syracuse point guard that the Raptors had been high on. "We had the No. 1 pick, we had Nik go in the lottery, myself. . . At the end of the night, Canada has something to be proud of." The new NBA Canadians join six other players from north of the border in the league -- Bennett, Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Nicholson, Cory Joseph and Joel Anthony. Nike Air Max Thea Sverige . Hes got everything thats needed to be a top midfield player. His attitude is first class, hes got strength, he can play, he can pass it and he can score goals,” prophesized Harry Redknapp. Nike Free 5.0 Dam . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human.INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The cold and "crazy" wind messed with Rafael Nadal, who played it too safe. Roger Federer handled the conditions better, acing Nadal on a match point that was delayed by rain drops. Federer won 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night in a match that got started nearly three hours late because of rain. Wind whipped the court and temperatures plunged six degrees from Fridays high in the mid-20s. "I had a no-lose mentality," said Federer, who has been sick with a cold during the tournament. "I didnt expect myself to play so well, and this is sometimes when you can pull off the biggest wins of your career. Thats where Im happy I gave myself a chance this week." No. 3 Federer will play 11th-ranked John Isner in Sundays final, a rematch of their Davis Cup showdown last month in which Isner won on clay in Switzerland. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will meet for the womens title. "Without taking anything away from John in Switzerland, the conditions were extremely tough for both of the players. It was altitude, it was a clay that was virtually unplayable. Every second bounce had a bad bounce in it," Federer said. "So tomorrow hopefully will be a bit more normal." Isner fired 20 aces, including one at 217-km/h on his fourth match point, to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal. Nadals grumpy expression matched his out-of-sorts body language as what he called the "crazy wind" picked up. The cold made Nadals favoured topspin shots more difficult and made the ball bounce lower than it would in the heat. "He was better than me, and thats it," Nadal said. "I understand what I had to do too late to have more chances to win the match." Nadal netted a forehand to give Federer match point when rain drops slickened the lines on the court and the chair umpire halted the action. The players sat in their chairs trying to stay warm. "I was just really hoping that we dont have to go off court because that would have really been tough on the fans, too," Federer said. Minutes later, Federer got up and smacked an ace wide to Nadals forehand side, giving him his first win over Nadal since last years ATP World Tour finals. The Swiss star still trails their series 18-10. "Its not like I havent beaten him in 10 years," Federer said, laughing. Isners victory guaranteed he will break into the top 10 for the first time in next weeks ATP Tour rankings at No. 10. A victory in the final would move the American to No. 8, passing countryman Mardy Fish who is currently in that spot. Isner is the first American to beat a world No. 1 since James Blake defeated Federer in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Isner needed nearly three hours to reach hhis first ATP Masters 1000 series final after 25 tries. Nike Air Max 90 Billigt Online. He didnt get past the round of 16 in his first 23 events until making his first semifinal in Paris last fall and now the final in the desert. He threw his arms up and soaked in the applause from the crowd that was squarely behind him throughout the match. "Its something that you dont experience every day," Isner said. "I was just trying to take it all in." The six-foot-nine American towered seven inches over Djokovic, giving Isner an easy advantage with his serve-and-volley game. He played a few loose points in the 12th game of the final set, sending a forehand past the baseline on his first match point, and Djokovic held to force the second tiebreaker. Isner aced Djokovic with a 230-km/h serve to lead 3-2, then hit a forehand winner down the line to go up 4-2. "I told myself I was going to run around the backhand and hit a forehand, and I was just hoping that he wasnt going to hit the serve up the T. He had been doing that quite a bit, especially on the ad side," Isner said. "I wanted to put a good hit on the ball because if you dont, he just gets you moving. Thats why hes the best in the world." Isners 231-km/h serve forced Djokovic into a netted return that set up Isners second match point. Isner connected on 74 per cent of his first serves, although Djokovic actually won 11 more points than he did in the match. The Serb had little success lobbing to keep Isner off the net as the big guy put away smashes with confidence. "Its a lot of pressure knowing that somebody serves that well. You need to win your service points, especially when you get to the tiebreak," Djokovic said. "But this time I was unlucky. He didnt wait for it, he went for it." Isners height and power had him tabbed as a future American star since he turned pro in 2007, but success has come in fits and starts. He reached his current -- and best -- career ranking of 11th just last month. "I knew going into this year that I had the tools and I had the game to be able to at least compete with these guys. I take the court no matter who Im playing expecting to win and believing to win," Isner said. There was a win over Andy Roddick at the 2009 U.S. Open, but casual fans may know Isner best for a marathon win over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. They played the longest ever pro match, stretching 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days. "Ive just kept on surprising myself after each year. When I reached the top 50 in the world, thats actually when I actually did believe I could crack the top 10," he said. "Ive always been a late bloomer." 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